Art, Gender, Sexuality and the Body (2431QCA)

This course examines international art practices (from the 1960s until now) that address subjectivity and identity. The course begins with postminimalism in the 1960s and the renewed interest in the body as the subject matter of art. It considers the rise of body art and performance in the 1960s and 70s, and the use of the body as the medium for art. It also examines the moment when gender comes to the fore as a key way of thinking about identity, namely, women's art in the 1970s: the first art to self-consciously attempt to represent gender difference. The course tracks the shifting concerns and debates in art about subjectivity, gender and sexuality across this fifty year period. Topics to be covered include: performance and masochism; identity and essentialism; postmodern irony; female and male masquerade; queer and gay art; and the rise of bad girl and bad boy art in the 1990s, and the current debates about global feminisms.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 1

Usually available

South Bank Trimester 2South Bank Trimester 3

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
27 August 2019
Last day to add a course
2 September 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
9 September 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
16 September 2019

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Further enrolment into this course is via permission. Please contact your school for permission to enrol.
Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Seminar
Seminar (40792) Tuesday 14:00 - 16:50
27 August 2019 - 1 October 2019
S02 4.02E
Webb Centre
South Bank Campus
Wednesday 14:00 - 16:50
28 August 2019 - 2 October 2019
S02 4.02A/C
Webb Centre
South Bank Campus